Consumer Survivor Initiatives of LHIN 4 – Hamilton Haldimand Niagara and Brant include Mental Health Rights Coalition (Hamilton), HOPE Brant, Achieve Mental Health Wellness & Recovery Centre, Consumer Survivor Initiative Niagara, and Peer Support at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

Mental Health Rights Coalition is a CSI in Hamilton providing a drop-in centre, peer support, peer support training and systemic advocacy. Peer support is available in-person and on the telephone during drop-in hours. Members are also welcome to drop in for daily activities, socialize and partake in individual and self-led group activities. Visit  www.mentalhealthrights.ca. Also, check out their new Facebook page!

HOPE Brant (Helping Ourselves through Peer support and Employment) is a consumer survivor organization in Brantford affiliated with Canadian Mental Health Association of Brant County. They provide employment, advocacy and peer support for people living with mental illnesses in Brant County. www.hopebrant.ca

Achieve Mental Health Wellness & Recovery Centre is a program of Community Addiction and Mental Health Services Haldimand Norfolk located in Simcoe. They are a member driven community program supporting people living with a mental illness and/or addiction. They support recovery, wellness and quality of life through social recreation and educational opportunities, peer support and advocacy. Individuals are welcomed to a safe, friendly centre where they can socialize, connect, receive and give support with others through shared, personal lived experiences. The centre works actively, through community education to promote awareness and understanding of mental illness. By destigmatizing mental illness, doors are opened in our community for individuals to find help and grow to their full potential. Click here to learn more.

Consumer Survivor Initiative of Niagara is located in Welland, Ontario. The mission of the Consumer/Survivor Initiative of Niagara is to advocate for the health and personal fulfillment of people who have used the mental health system. They work to establish a network of self-help groups throughout the Niagara Region to provide consumer/survivors with opportunities for friendship, social support, and education. www.initiativeniagara.ca

Patient and Family Collaborative Support Services at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is comprised of a number of peer run and driven initiatives in the Mental Health and Addiction Program. The model of service is based on recovery oriented care and peer support values and principles which support the philosophy and practices of psycho-social rehabilitation in providing peer support to individuals experiencing mental illness and/or addiction and their families.  A range of supports are offered to individuals who are currently using the services of either inpatient or outpatient mental health and addiction services.  One-to-one peer support occurs through role modeling, listening, problem solving, facilitating access to other peer driven services within the program and supporting transition to the community upon discharge. Group peer support is offered through self-help or mutual aid group facilitation. A range of supports are offered to family and friends of persons living with mental illness who are using, or have used, their inpatient and outpatient services. To learn more, click here.